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Thoughts... 48 Hours Later

So sorry I had to miss out on the party Sunday here on BTSC .  I was back home in Youngstown for the AFCCG, and when I am home for a playoff game, I have a certain room where I superstitiously have to watch it, and that room is not where the computer is.  Anyhow, I don't know how much of this has already been said or not, so if I repeat anything, I do apologize for the lack of originality.  Here goes:

 

-Credit must go to Bruce Arians for sticking with the run in spite of the fact it wasn't working.  That's not sarcasm, either.  It was apparent Baltimore's defense was wearing down late in the game. 

-That said, what WAS that call on 3rd and 1 early on in the 4th?  See, for those who don't understand why there is so much dislike for Arians on here, look no further.  It's the fourth quarter.  You're up by two scores.  Your offensive line just opened up a seven yard hole for your running back after not generating any sort of ground game the entire game.  Your usual primary receiver is out of the game.  The clock is running, and a first down gains you at least three more downs and somewhere between two and three more minutes off the clock.  So what do you do?  Certainly not pass it and risk an incomplete pass that not only gives the ball back to the other team, but also stops the clock.  Real head-scratcher, that Arians. 

-Limas Sweed, meet Mark Stock.

-Underrated play of the game goes to Lamarr Woodley's butt-tackle on Willis McGahee on 3rd-and-1 late in the first quarter. 

-Glad to hear McGahee is okay.  I was honestly fearing whether or not he would ever walk again.  Especially after Tunch Ilkin was speculating on the radio it might have been a spinal cord injury.  At the end of the day, it's only football.  No matter what the magnitude of the game might be.

-That being said, I thought Ryan Clark's hit was a total microcosm of that game.  All week long, the talk was the winner would be whoever would be the more violent team and whoever would be able to walk off the field.  Two trains collided at 100 MPH, and the one wearing the Black and Gold was the one able to teeter on down the track (walk off the field).

-After much thought, I absolutely think the two teams in the Super Bowl are the two teams who deserve to be there.  The number one defense in the league vs. the only team with three 1,000 yard receivers?  Who (besides Eagles and Ravens fans) doesn't want to see that?

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